Celebrating a Decade of Connection
Celebrating a Decade of Connection: The People of Canada Portrait Project
A visual journey through a decade of heartfelt connections and artistic resilience with the People of Canada Portrait Project. What started as a unique collaboration in 2014 culminated in a groundbreaking online exhibition in 2020, immersing viewers in a 3D exhibition during the challenging times of the pandemic. As we reflect on this extraordinary project, we extend our deepest gratitude to the courageous souls who shared their stories and made this venture possible.
A Tale of Twenty: From Selfies to Iconic Portraits
Delve into the meticulous selection process where thousands of photos were sifted through to capture the essence of twenty captivating stories. Collaborating with artist Brandy Saturley, participants were asked to share selfies with a significant person in their lives. The subsequent interviews, featuring twenty thought-provoking questions, wove a rich tapestry of Canadian identity, cultural traditions, and the dynamics of each unique relationship. The result? Twenty iconic portraits seamlessly integrated into the Canadian landscape.
Brandy Saturley: The Driving Force Behind the Canvas
Meet the visionary artist, Brandy Saturley, who poured her passion into this project while simultaneously navigating the challenges of establishing her full-time career. Despite the lack of external funding or grants, Saturley's commitment to the People of Canada Portrait Project remained unwavering. Discover the unexpected joy she found when some portraits became cherished purchases, and her generosity in gifting prints to those who championed the cause.
Navigating Life's Challenges: A Personal Journey
Beyond the canvas, Saturley faced a formidable opponent: cervical cancer. Explore the resilience that carried her through surgery and recovery, causing a temporary pause in the project. The artist's dedication to her own recovery and artistic pursuits led to solo gallery shows across Alberta in 2017. Uncover the strength and determination that propelled her to connect with communities nationwide, overcoming health challenges on the road to artistic success.
As we enter 2024, join us in celebrating a decade of resilience, artistic expression, and profound connections. Visit peopleofcanada.ca to read the interviews, explore the portraits, and witness the journey that unfolded over the years. Brandy Saturley contemplates the future, eager to commemorate this transformative adventure and share more untold stories. Happy New Year to all—may this year unfold with positivity and the promise of silver linings. Cheers to the People of Canada!